Commercial Farmers' Union of Zimbabwe

Commercial Farmers' Union of Zimbabwe

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Course on Thermal use of Solar Energy


Presenter:    Anton Schwarzlmuller

Venue:         Commercial Farmers Union

Agriculture House

Cnr Adylinn Rd / Marlborough Drive



Date:                    28th, 29th, 30th November 2011

The three-day course focuses on the applications of solar-thermal technologies suitable for Zimbabwe. New developments on the solar market will be highlighted and several reasons will be brought out as to why Zimbabwe has no choice but to go SOLAR. Different types of components and the design of complete solar hot water systems will be explained and their potential benefit to various industrial sectors as well as to hospitals, homes, schools and households. Offering alternatives to conventional energy sources, attendants from agriculture, industry, commerce and tourism will be introduced to methods of solar process heating and to solar refrigeration and air conditioning.

The theory classes will be complemented with a site visit to a successfully running solar hot water installation in Harare. Attendants will be provided with the course material and other relevant literature on a CD.

Please note:

As the number of participants is limited, please book in advance by sending a confirmation email to [email protected] or [email protected]

Cost is $120/person for the 3 days. Includes teas and lunches. Please if you wish to attend let us know via the above email addresses for catering purposes.

Presentations will start on the minute.


08:00  Registration and welcome

09:15  Energy crisis despite solar thermal technology

10:00  Tea

10:30  Solar heat as renewable energy worldwide

11:30  Components of solar thermal systems (collectors)

12:30  Lunch

13:30  Components of solar thermal systems (collectors)

14:30  Components of solar thermal systems (tanks and other)

16:00  End of first day


08:30  Potential of renewable energy in Zimbabwe

10:00  Tea

10:30  Designing and dimensioning solar thermal systems

12:30  Lunch

13:30  Field trip to solar thermal systems in Harare

16:00  End of second day


08:30  Working examples of solar thermal systems in industry and commerce

10:00  Tea

10:30  Introduction into solar cooling and air conditioning

12:30  Lunch

13:30  Solar fruit drying and solar cooking

14:30  Awarding of Attendance Certificate

16:00  End of third day


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